Tibet Saga Dawa Festival Tour - 16 Days

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour Cost and Itinerary 2025, 2025
Saga Dawa Festival Tour
What to see & doSpecific information about Tibet Saga Dawa Festival Tour - 16 Days
  • Duration16 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5657m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Overland Tour
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles
  • Best Season Spring

Saga Dawa Festival Tour is the best way to explore and attend in the Saga-dawa festival in Tibet. The festival of Saga Dawa is celebrated on full moon day of fourth Tibetan month as per the lunar Calendar and this date is said to be the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha.

Saga Dawa festival is one the most important festival in Buddhism and people from different part of Tibet gather with prayer flag, to pray and raise the huge flagpole around Kailash Kora every year. Locals try to do best and positive thing on the ceremony. The ceremony is led by the qualified Tibetan Lama form the nearby monastery. Local people celebrate and make kora around Mount Kailash for their better life in next birth. The main celebration takes places at Tarbuche (Serchung, Kailash region) and it is on first day of Kailash kora. 

Saga Dawa Festival tour offers you a chance see and enjoy with traditional Tibetan activities like praying, dancing, chanting and worship. Furthermore, you can join with locals to pray, offer some tips and tour around monasteries.

Saga Dawa festival tour starts and end in Kathmandu. You have few days’ tour in and around Kathmandu while we apply for your visa and travel permit to enter the Tibet. You then start the tour by drive to Kerung border and spend 2 nights there to adopt the high altitude. You then travel to Mansorabar and observe the festival. You have tour to Mount Kailash is and Lake Mansarovar. The 3 days Kailash circuit is also called Kailash Kora which is spiritual walk around holy Mount Kailash and it is one of the challenging parts of the tour. You then take the same way drive back to Border then to Kathmandu to conclude the tour.

Saga Dawa Festival Highlights

  • Parikrama Mansarovar Lake.
  • Visit Mount Kailash.
  • Observe Sagawasa Festivals.
  • Visit world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Sunrise from Nagarkot.

Booking open for the Saga dawa festival tour is available with Outfitter Nepal. The Saga dawa tour is organized in group basis. Contact us to book the tour and to have exact up to date tour/itinerary program for the tour for the next saga dawa festival tour.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

You will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, your evening is relevantly free and after you have refreshed, you can get familiar with the area by going for a stroll down the street, at eventide our tour manager will meet you at your hotel to brief you on program during your stay in Nepal. Have supper, & it’s then rest & your first overnight in the city of cows & temples, probably the most in the world.

    After a good night’s rest & a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we set out for a Sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley which begins in Kathmandu Durbar square, Swayambunath (Monkey temple) in the morning and sightseeing in Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhnath Stupa in the afternoon, Kathmandu is a wonderful mix of the ancient & the new & this includes western influences that sometimes makes visiting the capital an interesting place to spend time in as the old stubbornly jostles for its place with rising attractions from Europe & the west. Some of the sites you visit are UNESCO declared world heritage sites & you will truly enjoy visiting these ancient monuments & learning of its mystic history you’re your professional guide.

      After enjoying a good breakfast in your hotel, we will embark for Sightseeing at the ancient Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square that are highly known for their immense & tragic historical features that include heritage monuments that still echo the vibrant histories of these once-upon-a-time ancient kingdoms that had separate kings who lived life to the hilt but suffered tragic defeats at the hands of the famous Gurkha king Prithvi Narayan Shah & bullet holes can still be seen on the wall of these ancient palaces till this day. It was king Prithvi that finally unified a feudal Nepal that was constantly at war with one another and created a dynasty that still survives in Nepal today, and then drives to Nagarkot, sunset view.

        We will have sun rise view early in the morning and Nagarkot lies top of the hill. This is also a good place to see Himalayan panorama through a Himalayan river valley. After breakfast, hike for couple of hour to Chagunarayan temple which is the very old and artistic temple of Nepal which is listed in UNESCO world heritage. After visiting this temple, we will drive to Kathmandu.

          We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway very early in the morning and once we reach in border, after immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver and short drive.

            Acclimatize in Kerung before further driving, you will have free afternoon look around and visit around.

              We start our drive after having breakfast at guest house and today are the first day with a long drive on the desert terrain. The drive passes through nomad camps and yak herds. You will see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass; you will continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m), you will cross river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m).

                After having breakfast at Guest house, you will start the drive tour and you will view the mountains in distance and you will pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang. That offers you the first view of Mt kailash and the holy lake as you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. The highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by Mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly.

                  Attend Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche, the high light of the tour- observe the culture of the Tibetans.

                    After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora (circumambulation) and The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days.

                      It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky; the 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs.

                        Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage tour as you will cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk.

                          You will complete the kora today and drive to Lake Manasarovar to Saga.

                            After having breakfast at guest house, you will drive to Kerung.

                              After having breakfast at guest house, you will start the drive further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities and drive to Kathmandu.

                                We are confident that you’ve enjoyed one of the best holidays ever & will go back home with lasting memories of this amazing country.

                                Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to take you to the airport for your final departure home sweet home. It’s been wonderful knowing you. We hope to see you again!! Bon Voyage!

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                                  Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                                  What's Included
                                  • Airport picks up and drop service.
                                  • 15 Night Accommodation during the tour ( 5 nights in Nepal and 10 nights in Tibet)
                                  • Guided tour in Kathmandu and Nagarkot in Nepal as per the itinerary.
                                  • Daily Breakfast.
                                  • Permits for Manasarovar and Kailash Kora (round).
                                  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
                                  • All the Transportation on tour in Nepal and Tibet.
                                  • Chinese visa fee.
                                  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket on Returnable basis.
                                  What's not Included
                                  • Nepal Visa Fees.
                                  • International flight to and from Nepal.
                                  • Lunch and Dinner.
                                  • Insurance of any kind.
                                  • Hiring porter/ yak/horse
                                  • Rescue and Evacuation Service.
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